Benefits of Riparian Buffers
Planting streamside buffers improves the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay region. The roots of the trees and other vegetation strengthen the soil and prevent the soil from being carried away by the flow of the water.
In addition to stabilizing the terrain alongside the waterway, the trees and vegetation also filter toxins and absorb nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorous. These buffers also provide a habitat for animals, shade the water, which keeps it cool for aquatic life, and create a healthy separation between the stream and nearby farms.
Trees also play a role in mitigating climate change. As they grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the air and store carbon in the trees and soil.